Jean Sergent

Jean Sergent is an actress and writer based in Wellington.

Television
Oct 21, 2020

Review: The Vow takes a deep dive into the cesspit of the NXIVM cult

Just a few years ago, few people had heard of the self-help group/cult of personality known as NXIVM. Now the dark story has gone global, thanks to an eight-part docuseries that debuts on Neon today.

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NEON
Sep 15, 2020

Shrill's a celebration of fatness, friendship and feminism

It's more than just a comedy, it’s a landmark in millennial feminist storytelling.

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Books
Sep 12, 2020
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Maybe she is the void: A review of game-changing novel Sorrow and Bliss

The story of a magnificent woman undone by mental illness – and by her family's refusal to see her clearly.

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NEON
Aug 25, 2020

Lovecraft Country presents a chilling mirror to a horrific society

In Jordan Peele’s new show, the acclaimed director of Us and Get Out once again uses horror as a vehicle to critique our broken society.

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NEON
Aug 4, 2020

Gangs of London and the dark joys of antiheroes

You probably shouldn’t expect any happy endings from buzzed-about new Neon show Gangs of London, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing.

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Television
Jul 13, 2020

Review: Tom Sainsbury comedy Sextortion serves up an undercooked dish

The new TVNZ political comedy relies on great performances to paper over a wafer-thin story.

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Television
Jun 29, 2020

Review: The tenderness and brutality of true crime doco I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

The most famous cold case of the 21st century finds its way to the small screen in I'll Be Gone in the Dark.

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NEON
Feb 28, 2020

Watching a book: How The Outsider nails the Stephen King adaptation game

On the heels of the arrival of The Outsider on NEON, Jean Sergent explores how screen adaptations of Stephen King's work are able to take on a life of their own. 

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Television
Jan 27, 2020

Wholesome, witty and woke: The unproblematic comedy of John Mulaney

Jean Sergent writes about her comedy crush John Mulaney, and what makes his brand of wholesome yet sharp comedy so special.

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TVNZ
Oct 14, 2019

10 reasons to watch super creepy crime show Prodigal Son

Prodigal Son is a new crime procedural coming hot and fresh to TVNZ 1 on Mondays at 8.30pm. Jean Sergent has a few reasons why you should be watching it.

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Television
Sep 19, 2019

The bleakest climate change documentaries you can watch right now

As the temperature of the planet increases, so does the number of documentaries about climate change. Jean Sergent watched all of them to bring you this harrowing listicle. 

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Books
Aug 27, 2019

Review: a true crime megafan tears into a new book on the Manson murders

Jean Sergent is left bemused and beaten-down by CHAOS: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties, a book that sucked up two decades of the author’s life.

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Television
Jul 28, 2019

Review: Manson – The Lost Tapes, the story of America’s first family of darkness

Jean Sergent reviews Manson: The Lost Tapes, a documentary that looks inside the Manson Family and sheds light on the darkest family in recent American history.

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Books
Jul 24, 2019

Review: Jeanette Winterson’s exhilarating feminist reboot of Frankenstein

Jean Sergent reviews Jeanette Winterson's latest novel, a reworking of Mary Shelley's classic – and of Shelley herself.

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Business
May 22, 2019

The ‘fatshion’ label making ethical clothes for fat people

Most labels for bigger people aren't plus-size enough and the larger price tags that go them are "bullshit", a new Wellington business owner says.

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Television
May 21, 2019

Review: Who Killed Lucy The Poodle? is a classic New Zealand gothic yarn

A lion escapes from the zoo and kills a Rotorua poodle. Weird story, but how did it actually happen?

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Television
May 5, 2019

Review: The Case Against Adnan Syed gives the Serial story a feminist slant

Adnan Syed's story didn't end after the blockbuster Serial podcast. Jean Sergent reviews Amy Berg's The Case Against Adnan Syed, now streaming on TVNZ OnDemand.

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Books
Apr 16, 2019

New in Ripperology: a biography honours five women killed in Whitechapel

New in Ripperology: a revolutionary biography remembers – and redeems – five women killed in Whitechapel.

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Television
Apr 3, 2019

A mother of a time: The Act is true crime at its best

A real-life mother-daughter twisted true crime story makes it way to Lightbox tomorrow in The Act. Jean Sergent reviews the television event of the season.

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Television
Feb 4, 2019

From crime reality to crime fiction: The strange case of the Anne Perry film

Anne Perry: Interiors, currently streaming on TVNZ on Demand, looks into the famous New Zealander's life after moving to Scotland. But how much can we learn when Perry herself seems incapable of true self-reflection?

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Television
Oct 4, 2018

The brilliant horror series hiding inside Criminal Minds

The somewhat inexplicable 14th (!) season of Criminal Minds starts tonight on TVNZ. To celebrate, super-fan Jean Sergent reveals the cult classic series hidden within the long-running procedural.

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Television
Sep 14, 2018

The rampant transphobia of Mrs. Brown’s Boys

Inexplicable blockbuster sitcom Mrs. Brown's Boys returns to TVNZ tonight. Jean Sergent writes about the show's transphobia, and we as a culture need to do better.

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Television
Jul 4, 2018

Murder has never been more delightful than on Father Brown

Jam and Jerusalem. Bells and Smells. Tea and Cakes. Murder and Intrigue. Four of the classic double acts. And they all come together in the delightful investigation series Father Brown, five glorious seasons of which are available for your leisurely winter viewing on Lightbox.

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Television
Jun 6, 2018

All rise: in praise of Judge Judy, the original boss bitch

Feminist icon, daytime TV judge, baloney-screamer: Judge Judith Scheindlin is the true queen of reality TV.

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Television
Jul 7, 2017

Is there nothing that an episode of Sherlock can’t fix?

Sherlock fan Jean Sergeant reflects on the place of Holmes and Watson in her own life, through grieving and pad thai nights.

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